So here are my top 11 take-aways from OpenWorld 2011
1) Continued massive investment by Oracle development of new features in PeopleTools and PeopleSoft applications (see below for highlights).
2) Most of the development effort going into improving the User Experience (as distinct from user interface). This is a combined focus on improving process, UI and software behaviour.
3) Pivot Grids are very nice. See screenshot here. (8.52)
4) Embedded Oracle (SES) Secure Enterprise Search in PeopleTools for cross application and component keyword search really is going to "change the world". (8.52)
5) Inter Pagelet communication framework significantly opens up the power of Work Centers (8.52).
6) Related Actions are a very powerful concept (8.52).
7) PeopleTools 8.52 is coming soon.
8) Oracle are launching big time into the public Cloud market with back-end Exadata and Exalogic. Look out Amazon?
9) A little bit more noise at conference around Oracle Fusion Applications but they didn't appear to be the big noise. I think some customers are now live.
10) Oracle heading unashamedly down the "engineered" solutions road. In some books this might be called proprietary. I think proprietary solutions can be good and I certainly think Oracle have some very smart engineers to produce some of the best hardware and operating system software combinations on the planet. (see Exadata, Exalogic and Exalytics).
11) A long conversation with Greg Kelly and Tom Lenz (both Oracle security experts) was incredibly useful. I'm afraid I can't tell you here as "The first rule of security? - - - - Don't talk about security".
Nice to be back home!